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ERIC Number: ED145701
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: N/A
Swedish and English Phonemes: A Perceptual Study. Swedish-English Contrastive Studies, Report No. 5.
This study sought to test the validity of the claim that certain Swedish and corresponding English vowel phonemes are indistinguishable when presented in a test containing isolated minimally contrastive words. It also sought to find a hierarchy of perceptual differences between Swedish and English phonemes. A series of 40 pairs of monosyllabic Swedish and English words was constructed. The Swedish words were recorded by 6 Swedish models, the English words by S English models. Two versions of the test were constructed, each one consisting of a tape containing 6-7 words from each informant. The test was administered to various groups of English-speaking and Swedish-speaking schoolchildren and university students. Subjects were asked to identify the pronunciations as native, foreign, or doubtful. "Native" was English for the English-speaking group and Swedish for the Swedish-speaking group. In general, both English and Swedish groups were able to distinguish between a "native" and a "foreign" pronunciation, although this varied according to linguistic background. The results contribute to a better description of the relationship between Swedish and English phonemes, and furnish information needed in establishing a hierarchy of importance in the teaching and testing of English pronunciation in Sweden. (AM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Lund Univ. (Sweden). Dept. of English.